Apalachee Regional Park To Host 2019-21 Florida High School Cross Country State Championships

GAINESVILLE, FL (2/20/19) – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and the Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) have entered into an agreement to host the Florida High School Cross Country State Championships at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee for the next three years.
“Apalachee Regional Park is one of the nation’s premier cross country facilities that provides a fantastic experience for our student athletes and we are pleased to continue our partnership with Visit Tallahassee and Leon County Schools,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said.
Apalachee Regional Park has hosted the FHSAA state championship for the past seven years and has truly transformed in the recent past with the installation of fiberoptic digital capabilities and a widened race course. A permanent operations building, awards stage and finish line structure will be added at the end of the 2019 cross country season. 
“We are thrilled the FHSAA is returning to Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park, “said Kerri L. Post, Executive Director of Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee). “This prestigious event showcases some of the state’s finest high school athletes, our community, Apalachee Regional Park and the sport of cross country.” 
Last year, the event attracted 221 teams, 1,480 participants and more than 5,000 visitors to the 140-acre facility. The community saw an influx of $2.3 million in direct spending from the event.  
The FHSAA championship on November 9, 2019 is one of three major cross country meets planned for Apalachee Regional Park this year. Others include the Florida State University (FSU) Cross Country Invitational / Pre-State Meet for high schools on October 11-12, 2019 and the NCAA South Regional championship meet on November 15, 2019.
“The success of Apalachee Regional Park in being recognized as a premier cross country facility is a perfect example of the strength of partnerships,” Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long, said. “We worked with Florida State University and the local running community through Gulf Winds Track Club in designing the facility and are delighted that FHSAA will bring its championship meets here for the next three years.”  
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About the FHSAA
The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.
About The Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee: 
The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) is the official destination marketing organization for Tallahassee-Leon County. Tourism is charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County nationally as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports, and visitor services. In 2018, Tallahassee-Leon County welcomed 2.4 million visitors who contributed $910 million in economic impact and accounts for more than 14,500 people employed in our community in the tourism & hospitality industry.
For more information go to VisitTallahassee.com or call toll free (800) 628-2688. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @VisitTally, #iHeartTally,  #Trailahassee.